The Cool House: Some shady characters

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Some shady characters

and some that prefer bright sunlight in the newly rescued part of the yard. This section goes from deep shade to full sun so it gives me lots of possibilities and I've taken full advantage of them at the 50% sale at the nursery.

Three The Dark Lady roses (I was drawn by the fragrance as much as the crimson colour), a couple of Razzle Dazzle Crepe Myrtles, six Glowing Embers hydrangeas, and a sprinkling of Autumn Fire sedums will guarantee waves of pink toned flowers from Spring to Fall, while a baker's dozen blue fescues, lavenders and hostas by the boatload provide contrasting shades from grey-blue to bright yellow. For structure and something green to look at in the long New York winter, The Guy planted a boxwood to add to the existing yews and I plan to put at least one blue spruce in there in the Spring and a few Japanese hollies - I really like the slender Sky Pencil variety.

We just have to hope everything that has gone in so far survives the six months of ice, wind and snow we get annually. But I'm not going to think about that on an early fall day when the thermometer hit 80F and the lawn got its first gentle trim. I'm just going to look on the bright side... and go and smell the roses.


Rebekah @ Shell Blog said...

Lovely! My landscaping when to hell-in-a-handbasket this summer (too much rain!), so I'm going to be starting from scratch next year.

I came across you doing a search last night for images of Georges Briard's Seascape line. I borrowed your cheese plate image for a post today (and credited you accordingly). Hope that's okay!

Your blog is great! I love finding fellow NY bloggers (I'm in Ithaca).

Jean Martha said...

Your yard is so beautiful. Next summer Heidi and I are going to pitch a tent and you'll never get rid of us! LOL

modernemama said...

Shady characters pitching a tent? Where have I heard this before...?

modernemama said...

Hi Rebekah, thanks for dropping by. Have you met fellow New Yorkers Renovation Therapy and Faboolosity?

Kathleen said...

I really enjoy your landscaping posts. Lately, I'm keen on inkberry hollies - beautiful and easy evergreen shrubs - but I don't know how they'd do with the colder weather you get.

I'm hoping to get away this afternoon for a little time at the garden center. If not today, then tomorrow!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oooh, I went on a bit of a 50% off end of season bender at the nursery, too. I also bought some blooming fall plants, 'cause my garden was looking a bit, er, BAD. Your yard is really amazing...I just love it!